MidwestEarthquake-Aft 2ndLd-Writethru 04-21
Magnitude-4.5 aftershock reported from Midwest earthquake
Eds: CORRECTS that Friday’s strongest aftershock was 4.6 sted 4.5; recasts.
WEST SALEM, Ill. (AP) —A strong aftershock shook Southern Illinois today, three days after a magnitude 5.2 quake rattled the region.
Geologists say the temblor just before 12:40 a.m. registered at 4.5 magnitude at its epicenter about 5 miles northwest of Mount Carmel. The location is in the same area as Friday’s early-morning earthquake, which shook a wide area of the Midwest and caused minor damage.
This morning’s aftershock was the second strongest recorded since Friday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey Web site. The strongest was a 4.6 magnitude shaker about 5 1/2 hours after the original quake.
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Geological Survey: http://www.usgs.gov